PwC Channel Islands strengthens its managerial teams

PwC Channel Islands has announced that a total of 17 staff in its Guernsey and Jersey offices have received managerial and senior managerial promotions

The manager group has also been strengthened with the arrival of a tax manager from the US firm, as the Channel Islands firm continues to strengthen the managerial level support it offers clients across its tax, assurance, audit and advisory service areas. 

The Jersey office has promoted five new senior managers and five new managers, while there is a new senior assurance manager and six new managers in the Guernsey office of the PwC Channel Islands firm. 

In Jersey, the five members of staff being promoted to senior manager are Owen Woolgar (Advisory), who moved to Jersey from the UK to join PwC in 2004 having graduated from the University of Nottingham; Toby Venables (Assurance), who has a particular focus on private equity funds, was educated in Jersey and graduated from the University of Exeter, joining the firm with the graduate intake of 2005; Trudy Dillon (Assurance), who looks after clients across funds, real estate, private equity, pensions, trust and SPVs, and joined the PwC Dublin office as part of the graduate intake of 2005, transferring to the Jersey office in 2009; Iain Tait (Assurance), a specialist in banking, real estate, private equity, trusts and SPVs, who was educated in Jersey and the UK, and joined PwC in 2005 after studying at the University of Exeter; and Mark Hunter (Advisory), who specialises in asset management and banking and has project management and AML experience and works on international regulations for asset management clients. 

In addition, Michael Carpenter (Assurance) becomes a Senior Manager in Guernsey. Michael works particularly with real estate funds, alternative investment funds, fund managers and captive insurance, and initially started with the PwC Edinburgh office before moving to Guernsey in 2005. 

Those being made managers in the Jersey office are Chris Hopwood (Assurance), who initially joined the firm in 2007 for a placement year while at Loughborough University, graduating in 2009; Viane Fredricks (Audit and Assurance), who grew up in South Africa and joined the PwC Channel Islands firm as a senior associate in 2012; Kirsty Boyle, (Audit and Assurance), who joined PwC Glasgow in the 2009 intake, working within the public sector department, before moving to Jersey in 2011; Randi Hannon (Audit and Assurance), originally from Canada and who joined PwC Channel Islands from the PwC Calgary office in January this year; and Karolina Nawrociak (Audit and Assurance), who lived and was educated in Warsaw and joined the firm’s tax department from the University with the graduate intake of 2007. 

Valarie Johnston has also joined PwC Guernsey as a Manager in the tax team. Valarie, who works with a wide variety of financial services firms, has been with PwC since 2005 and moves to the Channel Islands from the US firm’s office in Minneapolis. 

The Guernsey office also welcomes six newly promoted managers. They are Oliver de la Fosse (Assurance), who has lived and worked in Jersey and Guernsey and graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 2008; Sevdalina Magson (Audit and Assurance), who is originally from Bulgaria and moved to Guernsey in 2006 to join the firm in 2008; Jonathan Mauger (Audit and Assurance), who is a graduate of the University of Exeter University and who lived and worked in Japan for over four years before returning to Guernsey in 2009; David Davies (Audit and Assurance), who lived and was educated in the North West of England before moving to Guernsey with the firm’s graduate intake of 2008; Jonathan Marshall (Audit and Assurance), who lived and was educated in North Wales, qualified in Liverpool in 2008 and joined the Guernsey office from a small practice in 2011; and Geraldine Forde (Audit and Assurance), who joined the firm in late 2012 from South Africa where she had worked for PwC in Durban. 

Brendan McMahon, Senior Partner, PwC Channel Islands, said: 

“While global market conditions continue to be challenging for clients, we continue to see fantastic opportunities for financial services firms in the Channel Islands. Responding to the needs of our clients, PwC is committed to ensuring that we provide supportive expertise quickly and effectively. Not only to support clients in meeting the regulatory challenges, but to advise on operational enhancements required to convert opportunities in new markets. Continually strengthening our managerial team’s capabilities with rising talent is therefore vital. It is exciting to recognise and reward the abilities and achievements of colleagues in the islands in this way, and give them an opportunity to realise their full potential and support the island’s future economic growth. We invest wisely in developing our talent, this is clearly evident in the quality of our people.”